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KJU Attends Moranbong Band Concert on KWP Official 67th Anniversary

Kim Jong Un (3rd L) watches a performance by the Moranbong Band held for the 67th anniversary of the Korean Workers’ Party. Also seen in attendance are VMar Hyon Chol Hae (L), Jang Song Taek (2nd L), Kim Ki Nam (4th L) and Kim Kyong Hui (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

DPRK state media reported on 11 October (Thursday) that Kim Jong Un (Kim Cho’ng-u’n) attended the concert Song in Praise of Guiding Party by the Moranbong Band on the occasion of the official 67th anniversary of the foundation of the Korean Workers’ Party [KWP].  KJU’s last reported public appearance was his visit to the Ku’msusan Memorial Palace of the Sun.  Attending the concert with Kim Jong Un were Jang Song Taek, Kim Kyong Hui, Pak To Chun, VMar Hyon Chol Hae, Gen. Kim Won Hong, Kim P’yo’ng-hae, Mun Kyong Dok, Jo Yon Jun, “officials of major industrial establishments, party cell secretaries, teachers and students of universities in Pyongyang and citizens from all walks of life” and also “diplomatic envoys and representatives of international organizations, military attaches and their wives, staff members of various embassies here and foreign guests.”

After the national anthem was played, the two-part performance began.  The concert included songs such as “It is October,” “Mother,” “We Will Do the Way the General Did,” “Lights from the Party Central Committee,” and “Do Prosper, Era of the Workers’ Party.”  According to KCNA “artistes enthusiastically sang of the undying feats the great Comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il performed by founding the Juche-type revolutionary party and developing it into an organizer and guide of all victories of the Korean people and the militant headquarters of the Songun revolution and thereby bringing about epoch-making changes and ushering in a new era of prosperity,” and that ” the audience was mesmerized by the unique, heart-throbbing and refined artistic representation by female musicians and singers and fascinating arts which have reached a new height in their contents and style including solemn and rich echo that pervaded vast space, gorgeous stage decor and peculiar lighting.”

According to KCNA Kim Jong Un said the “performance vividly showcased the development of the DPRK’s music dynamically advancing into the world, fully representing the Juche and national character” and “congratulated the artistes on their successful performance.”

The Korean Workers’ Party logo is seen on a screen in the background of the performance “Song in Praise of Guiding Party” by the Moranbong Band on 10 October 2012 in Pyongyang. (Photo: Rodong Sinmun)

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